In the article by Palmer et al1 entitled “15-Year Outcomes Following Threshold Retinopathy of Prematurity: Final Results From the Multicenter Trial of Cryotherapy for Retinopathy of Prematurity” and the accompanying editorial by Fielder2 in the March 2005 issue of the ARCHIVES, the 15-year follow-up results suggest that outcomes were considered favorable if visual acuity was 20/60 to 20/200.1,3 However, these children would have low vision, and many would not be able to read the blackboard or get a driver's license. Squint, which causes a permanent cosmetic blemish, was not considered an adverse outcome,1,3 even though this occurs many weeks postnatally owing to macular dragging.
Jalali S, Hussain A. We Can Aim at Better Results in Coming Years. Arch Ophthalmol. 2006;124(4):604-605. doi:10.1001/archopht.124.4.604-b